Men's Basketball statenews.com —  "If you aren’t up for your rivalry game, I don’t think a coach could tell you not to be up," Izzo said. The old cliché is keep it one game a time. Who is kidding who? There are games that are bigger than others. It’s nice for media. It’s nice for conversation."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo turned 60 on Friday, but said he wouldn't be doing any celebrating until Monday. Before then, there's work to be done. Branden Dawson turns 22 today. But Michigan State wouldn't mind doing a little celebrating come mid-afternoon.
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Football mlive.com —  Tyler Hoover was just about ready to board an airplane at Oakland International Airport in December when his phone rang. It was his agent. "He said, 'Get off the airplane, now!'" Hoover said, recalling the Dec. 16 conversation. "I was like, 'What, why?' The gate agents looked at me like I was crazy, my luggage was on the plane and everything, and it was just about to take off."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Joe Rexrode breaks down today's matchup between Michigan and Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Don't take it for granted, Gary Harris tells his best friend from college when they talk on the phone. "He just tells me to go out there and have fun and don't press," Michigan State junior guard Denzel Valentine said of Harris, a rookie with the Denver Nuggets. "Just enjoy it, because sometimes he wishes he could be back playing college basketball."
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State had moments of great basketball in its 76-66 overtime win vs. Michigan. But the Spartans know if they want to reach their goals, they still need to grow together.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Matt Costello quickly rebuked that he did anything special. "Honestly," the Michigan State center tried to contend, "I didn't do that much." The stat sheet from the Spartans' 76-66 overtime victory over Michigan on Sunday says differently. At least for the final 25 minutes.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State senior forward Branden Dawson was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday. In a pair of Spartan victories, he averaged 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 blocks on the road at Rutgers and at home against Michigan. He shot 71.4 percent from the field, while recording two double-doubles, to earn the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career. He shares this week's honor with Illinois' Malcolm Hill.
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Track & Field msuspartans.com —  For the second straight week, Michigan State's Leah O'Connor has been selected as the Big Ten Women's Track Athlete of the Week. She is receiving the award for the second time this season and third time in her career.
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Women's Tennis msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's tennis team is starting the 2015 schedule. In an attempt to "Meet the Spartans," msuspartans.com will feature a student-athlete every week leading up to and then continuing throughout the season. Senior Catherine Parenteau (Montreal, Quebec) is featured this week. Parenteau has posted a 3-3 singles and a 5-4 doubles record this season, including the match clinching point against No. 72 Fresno State.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After Sunday's win over Michigan, the Spartans have five days before facing Illinois Saturday at home. That's the longest break they'll have between games between now and the end of the regular season. "A good time for us to get four or five days to work on ourselves a little bit and then prepare for an Illinois team that has a lot of weapons," Izzo said.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State is moving on up, at least according to ESPN's resident bracketologist. Joe Lunardi unveiled his latest NCAA Tournament mock bracket Monday, and he has Michigan State up to a No. 8 seed after Sunday's overtime victory over Michigan.
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Football mlive.com —  "I think Michigan State helped me so much because it was pro-style," he said. "We didn't run a spread offense at Michigan State, so I didn't have to come to the NFL and get adjusted to the pro-style. I was already pro-style ready. Already knew how to pass protect, things like that. That really helped me out."
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Football theonlycolors.com —  The Michigan State-Michigan basketball game was a success for the football program as well, as 2016 Farmington HIlls Harrison Defensive End prospect Khalid Kareem committed to the Spartans' during the game. Kareem was a UM target as well and is currently ranked the 13th defensive end in the country in his class by Rivals.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  Junior guard Denzel Valentine isn't accustomed to junior forward Matt Costello hyping his teammates up before games. So when Costello gave Valentine a chest bump with an intense look on his face before taking on Michigan on Sunday, Valentine knew Costello was on a mission. "I'd never seen the look that he gave me before the game," Valentine said. "He gave it to me and kinda pushed me and I'm like 'hey Matt!' I've never seen that look from him and I said 'dang, he's ready to play.' And he showed it, so I'm holding him accountable for now on."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The two baskets it gave up were big ones, allowing Michigan to tie the game in the final minute and send the contest to overtime. But outside of those, Michigan State gave up nothing in the last 10 minutes Sunday, a performance that helped the Spartans reverse a trend not only in this season but in this rivalry.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  There were 69 possessions total (nice). Overall, the efficiency turns out looking OK (1.10 PPP for MSU, 0.96 PPP for UM) but this suggests that the defense wasn't very good until the overtime shutout.
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Football mlive.com —  Cook's offseason odds at winning the Heisman following his sophomore season were 12 to 1 in late January 2014, according to the Bovada online sports book. On Friday, Bovada released odds on Cook winning the Heisman Trophy next season: 20 to 1.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The first turning point of a Michigan-Michigan State game that ultimately tipped in the Spartans' favor happened between Denzel Valentine's ears. Valentine's first 3-pointer Sunday, like so many have in the last month, went halfway through the rim and popped back out for a near-miss 10 seconds into the game.
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